On this page, you will find:

  1. An image that summarise how Needs Rounds work and their outcomes in the UK
  2. An image that summarise what Needs Rounds offer
  3. A poster presented at the 2023 Oceanic Palliative Care Conference
  4. A list of academic papers and findings for you to read.

How and why do Needs Rounds work?

The following image summarises the main theory from the UK work.

Needs Rounds can provide care home staff and specialist palliative care staff with the opportunity to collaborate during a protected time, to plan for residents’ last months and weeks of life. Needs Rounds augment existing practice by building care home staff confidence for those who attend, and prompting anticipatory planning and care. Needs Rounds can strengthen relationships and trust, and shift power dynamics between care home and hospice services by harnessing complementary expertise. Integrating learning into Needs Rounds strengthens understandings of the dying process, symptom and pain management, advance/anticipatory care planning, and communication mechanisms between care home staff, families, specialist palliative care staff and primary care. This leads to high quality resident centred care, enabling residents to be cared for and die in their preferred place. Needs Rounds also benefit relatives by increasing their confidence in care quality and care home staff, by providing timely expert input.

Pulling together different parts of the puzzle

In the first year of the UK study we developed 5 ideas about what would work, for whom, under what circumstances and why, when using Needs Rounds. The data we gathered through interviews and discussions are summarised in the jigsaw diagram.

  1. If care homes and specialist palliative care don’t work together, then there’s part of the picture/expertise missing.
  2. Needs Rounds can help staff feel more confident in the care they give.
  3. Working across disciplines is encouraging and useful for everyone. Working across disciplines includes care homes and specialist palliative care, but also GP practices, hospitals, pharmacy and the ambulance service.
  4. The aim is to have better lives and deaths of residents in care homes, this is achieved through improved communication
  5. Needs Rounds help support families. The tailored education helps care home staff talk with families about current and future care needs, including the most sensitive of topics for when the resident is in the last weeks and days of life.

Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement

Here you can see a poster presented at the Oceanic Palliative Care Conference, September 2023, on the patient and public involvement and engagement work. You can download the file to read the whole document.

Academic papers

The links take you straight to the abstract/summary of the paper. If you’d like to learn more and can’t access the whole paper, please email the team.

Theme by the University of Stirling

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